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Software Requirements


Minimum Software Requirements 

When purchasing a computer, it is important to consider the compatibility and ease of use with other computers. Therefore, students should be aware of the software applications considered standard at Davenport University.

These include the following: 

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or newer (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Mac users will need to have Microsoft Office 2011 or newer.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Java (newest version)
  • Adobe Flash (newest version)


Blackboard supports most primary browsers for faculty and students to access their courses. Links to the vendor sites for the browsers are included in this topic. For guaranteed up-to-date information, please visit support.


  • Mozilla FireFox (ESR)1 (Recommended browser)
  • Internet Explore 9
  • Google Chrome (Stable Channel)3 


  • Safari 5.1
  • Google Chrome (Stable Channel)3
  • Firefox (ESR)1 

To ensure that your operating system and browser are compatible with Blackboard 9 please follow the links below to the Blackboard Supported OS & Browsers pages.